Former AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, has been sentenced to house arrest in New Zealand.The drummer was previously arrested for drug possession and threatening to kill and now has to face the consequences of reckless behavior. The house arrest will last eight months long. Rudd previously denied the charges but later confessed to his actions and changed his plea.
The 61-year-old musician was said to have threatened to kill a former employee according to BBC. Stashes of marijuana and methamphetamine were also found when police raided his home. He will serve his sentence at his home in Tauranga but will be sent back to jail if he breaches the conditions of the house arrest agreement. Judge Thomas Ingram even warned Rudd that he would return to jail if he does not follow orders.
Supposedly the drummer had become angry following the failure of his solo album last year and fired several employees while in a rage. Then Rudd was said to have called an associate to ask him to take care of one of the former employees, even going as far as to offer him money and goods of high value for the favor.Yahoo News reported that he offered the associate as much as $200,000 as well as his choice of a motorcycle, a car, or a house.
The court stated that the drummer even called the intended victim to threaten them personally. His lawyer said that it was just an angry phone call and made mention of how a drug conviction would negatively impact Rudd and prevent him from traveling for performances. Regardless, Rudd is being forced to face the consequences of reckless behavior.
Judge Ingram noted the fact that the drummer had reconciled with the intended victim and even paid compensation, but still dismissed the argument of Rudd’s lawyer. The lawyer pressed for the conviction to be set aside, but was unable to convince the judge. Judge Ingram insisted that the musician take accountability and face his charges. Rudd will begin his sentence immediately and face the consequences of reckless behavior.
By Heather Granruth
BBC: Phil Rudd, AC/DC Drummer, Sentenced to House Detention
Yahoo News: AC/DC’s Rudd Given Home Detention for Threatening to Kill
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